Brentwood Academy will host a parenting seminar presented by Daystar Counseling Ministries on Wednesday, February 25, at 6:30 PM titled Raising Grown-Ups: Milestones Your Child Needs and Might be Missing on the Journey of Growing Up. The seminar will be held in the middle school 7th grade den and is free and open to the public. Brentwood Academy is located at 219 Granny White Pike in Brentwood.

Melissa Trevathan, M.R.E., David Thomas, L.M.S.W., and Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP of Daystar Counseling Ministries will offer insight on identifying developmental milestones that children need to pass to grow up to be healthy, well-functioning grown-ups.

“Developmental milestones are benchmarks that allow us to track growth,” explains Trevathan. “We look for evidence that our kids are meeting developmental physical milestones on time. Three areas lacking well-defined milestones are our kids’ emotional, social, and spiritual development. We don’t give near the attention or focus to these areas as we do the physical milestones.”

The workshop will address parents’ roles in helping their children achieve these milestones that will determine who they will eventually become as husbands and wives, friends and co-workers, and fathers and mothers. Brentwood Academy’s Family Life Coordinator Cookie Newton says the workshop is for parents of children of all ages and for anyone who finds themselves asking questions or making statements like:
“My 4 year-old son won’t stop yelling and throwing tantrums.”

“My 14 year-old daughter seems depressed or angry all of the time–except when she’s with her friends.”

“I can’t tell what’s going on with my teenage son. He won’t talk to me.”

“My daughter’s emotions are just so much…and so often.”

“I don’t feel like my son has ever found his own sense of faith. How can I help?”

MELISSA TREVATHAN, M.R.E. has been a teacher, retreat leader, head of spiritual life at Brentwood Academy, and is founder and executive director of Daystar Counseling Ministries, which began in 1985. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Melissa has taught graduate courses in counseling adolescents and is a popular speaker for parents, teachers, and kids of all ages. She is the co-author of the Lifeway video parenting curriculum called Raising Boys and Girls, as well as seven books on parenting.

SISSY GOFF, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP has worked as the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville since 1993, with a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. A sought-after speaker for parenting and teacher training events such as dotMOM, Lifeway Kids Conference, and Heart of the Child, Sissy has spoken to thousands of parents, teachers, and girls across the country. Sissy is co-author with Melissa Trevathan of several books and the Lifeway video parenting curriculum called Raising Boys and Girls. Sissy is also a frequent guest and contributor to media shows and publications such as Moody Midday Connection, The Chat with Priscilla Shirer, as well as Today’s Christian Woman and Living with Teenagers magazines. Visit her blog at

DAVID THOMAS, L.M.S.W., is the director of counseling for men and boys at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, and the co-author of six books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. David is a frequent guest on national television and radio, a regular contributor to ParentLife magazine, and speaks across the country. His first video curriculum, Raising Boys and Girls: The Art of Understanding the Differences which he co-authored with his colleagues at Daystar is currently available, along with several other books he co-authored including Intentional Parenting and Becoming a Dad: A Spiritual, Emotional, and Practical Guide. You can find David giving parenting tips, along with Sissy Goff, on the blog at

To learn more about Daystar Counseling, visit their site.  For more information about Brentwood Academy, visit their website.